A Guide to Spitfire Audio String Libraries

The full cinematic sound – recorded at the world-famous AIR Studios.

Offering a full symphony-sized string section, this library was recorded at the world-famous Lyndhurst Hall in London’s AIR Studios. This hall has played host to countless score recordings for a huge range of blockbuster movies. Spitfire Symphonic Strings brings you the same players, playing the same instruments, in the same space.

Featuring 16 1st Violins, 14 2nd Violins, 12 Violas, 10 Cellos and eight Basses, the library provides a full, rich sound with plenty of natural reverb. It features a huge number of articulations including our unique performance legato patches, and versatile microphone positions. Spitfire Symphonic Strings is often used in combination with Spitfire Chamber Strings, both of which are considered our flagship string libraries. Learn More.

The library is part of our Symphonic Range – all recorded in the same space.

The small beauty and detail of a string section, capturing every nuance

Spitfire Chamber Strings focuses on the small beauty and detail of a string section. It captures those tiny nuances that a larger section would struggle to achieve. The library features a chamber-sized string section, which is made up of four 1st Violins, three 1st Violins, three Violas, three Cellos and three Basses. 

A direct counterpart to Spitfire Symphonic Strings in terms of section size, both of these libraries have a very similar number of features, and both were recorded in Lyndhurst Hall. Spitfire Chamber Strings is noticeably smaller sounding in comparison to its Symphonic counterpart and is a personal Spitfire favourite. Learn More.

Our Spitfire Chamber Strings Professional edition includes many more unique microphone positions for far greater flexibility.

Take complete control of your sound with unparalleled detail and versatility

Taking a different approach to our Symphonic and Chamber libraries, Studio Strings is a ‘dry’ string library – recorded in the smaller Studio One at AIR Studios, rather than the large hall. This absence of natural reverb gives you the flexibility to add and control your own. As such, Spitfire Studio Strings is perfect for pop and library tracks, as well as for film scoring.

The library features a standard (8, 6, 6, 6, 4) player setup, with access to the default Tree microphone position. Spitfire Studio Strings Professional provides an extra seven unique microphone positions, a large band section (16, 12, 12, 12, 4) and 2 divisi sections (4, 3, 3, 3). You can use these divisi options to create a chamber section, or even layer them with larger sections. Learn More.

The Spitfire Studio Strings Professional edition includes many more unique microphone positions for far greater flexibility.

The master’s vision. Symphonic strings maximised, with over 344 players

Hans Zimmer Strings is the biggest project that Spitfire has ever undertaken. It features a near impossible number of players that can only be achieved in the world of virtual instruments.

Over 344 players were all recorded in left, central, and right positions of the soundstage in the huge Lyndhurst hall by award-winning engineer Geoff Foster. We adopted multi-award winning composer Hans Zimmer’s groundbreaking approach to large group sampling and took it to another level. From thundering basslines to glass-like high strings, this library is symphonic strings maximised.

Hans Zimmer Strings features more microphone positions and articulations than any other string library available — perfect for any composer seeking a huge, thunderous string sound. Learn More

Over 100 articulations, for an unparalleled focus on performance

London Contemporary Orchestra Strings is unique among our String libraries, offering articulations that focus on the performance and player techniques alone. By capturing the unique techniques and styling of an extremely exciting group of musicians, this library provides a rich set of diverse recordings that are both playable and musical. 

The library comprises of six Violins, four Violas, three Celli and two Basses, with the Celli in octaves, all recorded in a tight and dry room at Spitfire HQ. Over 100 articulations were captured across all sections, giving you a huge palette of experimental sounds.

Over the last decade, the London Contemporary Orchestra has collaborated with a distinguished array of composers, artists and brands, including Radiohead, Secret Cinema, Vivienne Westwood, Jonny Greenwood, Arcade Fire, Goldfrapp, Terry Riley, Frank Ocean, Beck and Foals. Learn More.

The intimacy and detail of a single voice, rising above the force of the orchestra

Featuring first-call London virtuosos, Spitfire Solo Strings is the perfect library for lyrical solo passages, quartet writing, and even for layering with a full section to add definition. Recorded in Lyndhurst Hall at AIR Studios, it beautifully complements any library in our Symphonic Range.

Spitfire Solo Strings features six players: Virtuoso, Progressive and First Desk Violins, Solo Cello, Viola and Contrabass. The library also includes our most complete single patch yet – the Total Performance Patch for Virtuoso Violin. Learn More.

A counterpart to Alternative Solo Strings, this library very much plays to a traditional, virtuosic sound, recorded in the pleasurable ambience of the AIR soundstage. 

Unique, raw performances that add character to your music

Taking a similar approach to London Contemporary Orchestra Strings, Alternative Solo Strings captures the unique and raw performances of solo players. Recorded ‘dry’ at our in-house studios, this library is perfect for any composer looking to add unique, interesting textures or performances to their compositions.

Alternative Solo Strings features four sampled instruments – Violin, Viola, Cello and Contrabass.

The signature patches in this library are the ‘Long Alternative’ articulations, in which we asked the performers to add some of their own quirks and character to the phrases. The result is a degree of realistic unpredictability that leads to some very exciting results. Learn More.

The simple beauty of a quartet, with some of the best chamber acoustics in the world

Sacconi Strings Quartet was a unique opportunity to sample award-winning musicians in arguably one of the best chamber acoustics in the world – London’s Wigmore Hall. 

Featuring the standard quartet setup; two Violinists, a Violist and Cellist, Sacconi was created specifically for those wishing to write for Quartet.

The library offers six different microphone perspectives, including a main stereo position to capture the classic sound of the hall. Other positions include two close mics, a decca tree, outriggers and ambients. 15 different articulations are included with the library – from tight spiccatos, to longs with complete vibrato control, and a whole host of others in between. Learn More.

Create beautifully textured, deeply personal strings

At Spitfire, we have always been inspired by the music of Ólafur Arnalds. In this library we worked with the man himself to produce an evolution-based string library.

Ólafur Arnalds Chamber Evolutions is made up of four First Violins, three Second Violins, three Violas, three Cellos and three Basses. It is also the first Spitfire string library to feature the ‘waves’ articulation, where notes can move along in a wave-like dynamic arc – appearing from nothing, swelling, and then dying away again.  

The library can be used to create beautifully textured string music, or to add colour, life and detail to your existing string libraries. With 19 different ‘evolutions’ and three different styles of ‘waves’, there are a huge variety of options here to inspire your compositions. Learn More.

Elegant, progressive orchestral techniques that bring static arrangements to life

Spitfire Symphonic Strings Evolutions is an extension of Spitfire Symphonic Strings that enables you to create beautiful evolving string textures with ease.

Featuring 16 First Violins, 14 Second Violins, 12 Violas, 10 Cellos and eight Basses and recorded in the same space as Spitfire Symphonic Strings, this library is unique in that it uses our EVO Grid technology. This allows you to create and perform engaging, sophisticated and emotional music from the simplest arrangements. 

As a layering tool, it can bring static arrangements to life with elegant, modern and progressive orchestral techniques. Learn More.

If you already own Spitfire Symphonic Strings, you are eligible for a 10% discount. Just add Symphonic Strings Evolutions to your cart while logged in.

The first in a series of essential cinematic ingredients — £29 29€ $29

Your perfect next step from LABS, Originals Epic Strings enables you to add a beautiful, epic symphonic strings section to your compositions with ease. It features 60 of London’s finest string players (16 first violins, 16 second Violins, 12 violas, 10 cellos and eight basses) performing 11 essential articulations in The Hall at London’s AIR Studios, the home of blockbuster film scores. Available in our free dedicated plug-in, it’s easy to use, with three different signal options (Close, Room & Stretch). Just open it in your favourite DAW and start playing!